The Kodanadaramaswami Temple is situated to the east of Hampi. It faces Chakratirthaa, the most sacred bathing ghat of Tungabhadra River. The temple deity is called Kodandarama, as Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman are depicted holding arrows. The temple was constructed in three stages, with its garbhagriha and sukhanasi structures made in the Hoysala style. The remaining portions are made in the Dravidian style.
About The Temple
The temple has Dravidian and Hoysala styles of architecture. The present navaranga belongs to 14th century. The mukhamandapa is of the 16th century. The outer walls of the garbhagriha and vestibule are raised on a square basement that consists of six cornices. Navaranga and mukhamandapa have outer walls that are built with brick and mortar. Rama and Lakshmana are shown carrying arrows in their right hands and strung bows in their left hands. It is also believed that the murthi in this temple is a svayambu (naturally formed murthi). The idols do not appear to be of Hoysala period. In the temple enclosure there are small shrines that consist of images of Yoganarasimha, Sugriva, Kalinga, Mardhana, Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Vedanta Desika and some alvars. The outer-walls of the garbhagrha and sukansi have plasters and turrets as well as two rows of figures that represent Lord Vishnu and his incarnations such as Hayagriva, Narasimha, Lakshminarayana, Venugopala, Kalinga-Mardana and Govardhanadhari. Images of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Hanuman, Garuda and Lord Ganeshare also depicted.
Legend and Stories
Legend goes that Purushottama was suppressed at Hiremagalur by Rama. He asked Rama to show him his marriage scene. Sita stands in the right of Rama and Lakshmana to his left. According to other local myths, this is the place where Rama killed Vali and crowned Sugriva. Another account says that the place was the residence of nine siddhas who performed penance near a pond in the village known as Siddha Pushkarni. Parashuramaalso lived there, it was called Bhargavapuri.
The nearest Airport is at Hubli. International Airport is at Bangalore. The nearest railway station is at Hospet. People travelling from North/South India can alight at Raichur as well. Hampi is well connected by road and there are frequent KSRTC Bus services from all over the State to Hospet and Bellary.
Sree Kodandarama Temple,
Hampi, Bellary District,
Pin Code – 583 239.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm.